Lecturers

Compulsory modules

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency System and Concepts

Dr. - Ing. Volkhard Scholz

CURRENT POSITION

Volkhard Scholz works on agricultural engineering research at ATB Potsdam-Bornim. For the last 20 years, he has worked predominantly in the area of renewable energy in rural areas. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Tropical Agriculture and a PhD in Engineering Sciences.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

He has specialized in sustainable production and the use of bioenergy sources such as energy crops, biogas and other biofuel and has managed projects in research and in industrial practice and published about 100 articles in journals and books.

EDUCATION

Aside from his R&D activities, he continues to work as consultant and lecturer in more than 10 different countries. In the last few years, he has delivered lecture series in renewable energy at universities in Germany, Nigeria, Brazil and Costa Rica.

Energy Policy and Economic Framework

Toby Couture

CURRENT POSITION

Toby Couture is Director of Renewable Energy at E3 Analytics, an international energy consultancy based in Berlin, Germany.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Toby Couture has over a decade of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors and has advised senior policymakers and regulators in over thirty countries around the world. This includes a number of projects with leading international organizations, including ECREEE, IRENA, GIZ, the IFC, UNDP, and UNIDO.

EDUCATION

Mr. Couture is a native speaker of both French and English, is semi-fluent in Spanish and German and has varying levels of fluency in Greek and Swahili. He is a previous recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, has studied renewable energy finance in France, has a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Moncton in Canada, as well as an MSc. in Financial and Commercial Regulation from the London School of Economics in the UK.

Accounting

Prof. Dr. Hans Schmitz 

CURRENT POSITION

Hans Schmitz is Professor for Management Accounting and Management Control at Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin (Germany). Because of his expertise in different aspects of e-learning, he is a member of the e-learning team at Beuth Hochschule and manages an online bachelor degree program “industrial engineering”.   His research interests focus on behavioral aspects of management accounting and the design of accounting information systems. He has (co-)authored textbooks and academic articles on these topics.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to his present position he worked for the University of Mannheim and Technische Universität Berlin in Germany. He has been teaching management accounting and management control courses on bachelor and master level and in professional training courses. 
Hans Schmitz gained industry experience from several consulting projects dealing with the design of management accounting systems and the implementation of IT-systems for accounting.

EDUCATION

Hans Schmitz holds a PhD in Management Sciences of the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a degree as Industrial Engineer from Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).  He received the postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) for business administration from the University of Mannheim.

International Business Law

Mr. Maximilian Feustel

CURRENT POSITION

Maximilian Feustel is a German-qualified lawyer specializing in project finance and renewable energy law. He is currently an in-house legal counsel at Global Tech I, a 400 MW wind farm in the North Sea. He advises the company on project financing and corporate law matters.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Before working for Global Tech I, Maximilian Feustel was a partner at KEE, a law firm specializing in renewable energy law, where he provided legal advice to a wide range of clients in the renewable energy sector concerning the planning, construction, operation and financing of renewable energy projects as well as the sale and purchase of such projects. Before establishing KEE as a founding Partner in 2010, Maximilian Feustel worked for an international law firm, focusing on international project finance transactions.

EDUCATION

He was admitted to the German bar in 2005. He holds an LL.M. degree from Maastricht University (Netherlands) after completing the University’s Magister Iuirs Communis program on European, comparative and international law. He studied law at Heidelberg University (Germany).

Investment and Financing

Prof. Dr. Andreas Taschner 

CURRENT POSITION

Andreas Taschner is Professor for Management Accounting at ESB Business School of Reutlingen University (Germany). He also serves as Dean of Studies of ESB Business School.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to his present position he was Professor at Beuth Hochschule für Technik in Berlin. His major teaching and research interests are Management Accounting (with particular focus on SMEs and on supply chains), management reporting and business cases / investment appraisal techniques (with a focus on renewable energies). He has authored various books and scholarly articles in this field.

Andreas Taschner has more than ten year of industry experience. He has held various functions in the telecommunications industry and was department head with responsibility for management accounting, cost control management control systems for business unit “services” in a German manufacturing company.

EDUCATION

Andreas Taschner holds a PhD in Management Sciences of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Austria) and has spent part of his studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).

Project Management

Dr. A. J. Gilbert Silvius 

CURRENT POSITION

A. J. Gilbert Silvius is professor of project and programme management at LOI University of Applied Sciences and principal consultant at Van Aetsveld change and project management. He is an internationally experienced consultant/trainer in project management and member of the international enable2change network of project management experts. As a practitioner, he has over 20 years hands-on experience in organizational change and IT projects.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Dr. A. J. Gilbert Silvius is considered one of the leading experts in the field of sustainability in project management, with over a dozen papers and several books published on the topic. He was awarded the 2013 Sustainability Award of the international Green Project Management organization.

EDUCATION

He holds a PhD in information sciences from Utrecht University and master degrees in economics and business administration.

Marketing Analysis and Instruments

Mr. Henry Lüthi-Studer

CURRENT POSITION

Henry Lüthi-Studer opened his own consultancy office in 2013. He is consulting solar cooperatives as well as public and private owner of big roofs and is coordinating renewable energy projects from the idea to the operation phase. The development of the largest roof integrated PV system in Switzerland was honored by the Swiss Solar Award.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

He started his career in the development of concentrating photovoltaics and went into consultancy and factory planning amongst others for thin film PV fabs in China. From 2010 onward he developed solar roof projects and district heating systems for a Swiss renewable energy financing company until starting his work as consultant.. Further work on strategic wind investments, biofuel and wood pelleting as well as carbon trading was elaborated from 2007 onwards.

EDUCATION

Henry Lüthi-Studer graduated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich in Industrial Management, Technology and Economy.

Human Resources and People Management

Ms. Katrin Huber

CURRENT POSITION

Katrin Huber is in charge of HR Development at DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, an international exploration & production company for oil & gas with headquarters in Hamburg (Germany) and production facilities and concessions in Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Norway and the UK.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Katrin Huber has worked in the field of HR Management and People Development for more than 15 years. She started her professional career 1999 at Volkswagen, consulting as internal trainer and advisor on International Potential Analysis, Talent Management and Leadership Development for Volkswagen worldwide. From 2005-2006 she was in charge of HR Management at Autostadt GmbH before joining RWE Group in 2006, one of Europe’s five leading electricity and gas companies. She was heading the HR and Organisational Development department of RWE´s Supply&Trading organization before moving to her current position at DEA in 2011.

EDUCATION

Katrin Huber is a graduated Industrial Psychologist and studied in Gießen, Köln and Aachen (Germany). Furthermore she holds a Master of Science degree in Coaching & Consulting Change of Oxford Said Business School (UK) & HEC Paris (France). She is a certified trainer (Diploma of Trainer Academy Munich, Germany) and coach in Transactional Analysis. 

International Management

Dr. Michael Müller

CURRENT POSITION

Michael Mueller has been supporting the merger and integration of two former companies Wintershall and DEA into the new Wintershall Dea, a leading European gas and oil company, since 2018, currently as Vice President Post Merger Integration.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Before his current position Michael was engaged as Senior Advisor for strategy & portfolio management in the headquarters of Wintershall, the former oil & gas division of the world´s largest chemical company BASF.

Between 2012 and 2016 he was based in Moscow (Russia) heading the business development activities of Wintershall Russia for 4 years.

Before joining BASF in 2012 Michael was managing international consulting projects in more than 25 mid-sized companies and large corporations in various industries for more than 10 years. He was based in Berlin (Germany) and Atlanta, GA (USA).

Michael has been engaged as speaker and lecturer on international conferences (Frankfurt, Zurich, Philadelphia, Charleston, Detroit etc.) on various management topics (strategic, financial, processes & organization). He is the author of numerous professional publications.

EDUCATION

Michael holds a doctoral degree in Industrial Management (Dr. rer. pol.) from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany). He studied Industrial Engineering at Technical University of Berlin (Germany) and University of California at Berkeley, CA (USA).

Integrated Business Plan Development

Mr. Alexander Boensch

CURRENT POSITION

Mr. Boensch works as a corporate finance advisor in Neue Energie Gesellschaft Berlin mbH (NEG).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Since June 2008, Alexander Boensch has been consulting ENERTRAG Structured Finance AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENERTRAG AG at Director’s level being in charge of corporate finance, risk management, procurement of capital, financial modelling, bank marketing and M&A activities.

In 2003, Alexander Boensch started his own advisory business specializing in Project & Structured Finance consulting for renewable energy companies. In addition to his consulting work for wind energy industry clients, Alexander Boensch is member of the investment decision-making board of ENERTRAG EnergieZins GmbH, a well-established issuer of financial products exclusively based on claims on renewable energy assets.

EDUCATION

Mr. Boensch graduated from Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin) and has completed a vocational training in the banking industry.

Advanced Research Methods

Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann

CURRENT POSITION

Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann is Professor for Information Systems at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin since 2006.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann worked in the industry and consulting business in different management positions for over 10 years. After being appointed Professor at the University of Cape Town and working in the Department of Infomration Systems he became Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Aalen and thereafter at the Beuth University Berlin. Peter Weimann has co-authored several textbooks and written research articles in the field of Information Systems, Business Engineering, Project Management and Health Management. His research topics are IS applications in hospitals, project management, virtual teams, research methods in sustainable and renewable energy studies.

EDUCATION

Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann graduated as a Master in Computer Science in Germany and completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Electives

Advanced Practical Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Implementation

Ms. Katie De Albuquerque

CURRENT POSITION

Katie De Albuquerque has been working as a trainer at RENAC since 2008. Her specialisations are solar thermal systems and small hydropower. She is responsible for developing training materials and delivering training courses to installers and engineers through to decision makers. Recently she has co-authored a study on quality standards and quality assurance mechanisms for RE/EE training programmes in the MENA region. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ms. De Albuquerque worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales designing, installing and operating solar thermal systems and micro hydro systems as well as providing consultancy services and teaching on various Masters degree courses. Before this she worked for the building consultancy, Arup, as a building services engineer doing heating and ventilation system design. In between she has been involved in a development charity, working with street children in Kenya and has also been involved in a micro hydro project in Nepal. 

EDUCATION

Ms. De Albuquerque studied Mechanical Engineering to Masters level at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Entrepreneurship
 

Alexander Haferland 

CURRENT POSITION

Alexander Haferland works as Head of Technology Consulting at Novatec Consulting GmbH. His core expertise lies in the areas of leadership, organizational change, technology and innovation. Moreover, he is working as a freelance consultant in the area of research and digital innovation within the fields of renewable energies, agriculture and archaeology.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Since 2005 Mr. Haferland has been working in project management and leadership positions throughout different industries. Within these roles he has been responsible for strategic and innovative projects in the areas of information technology, agile and lean. Since 2012 Mr. Haferland is working in the energy sector on the integration of renewable energies to the existing energy systems and the energy system transition in Germany.

EDUCATION

Mr. Haferland holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Renewables and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.-Eng.) in Communication Systems.

Advanced Renewable Energy Technologies

Mr. Craig Wong 

CURRENT POSITION

Craig is currently a project manager at PI Berlin (Photovoltaik Institut Berlin), which is a leading technical consultant for complex PV projects. PI's service portfolio includes project development, risk management and quality assurance for PV power plants and components. Internationally, PI is represented by subsidiaries in Germany, the USA, Spain, and China.

While on assignment with PI, Craig has led seven training weeks with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the German Development Agency’s Project Development Program. Trainings have taken place in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to working with PI, Craig worked in Biogas project development and sales with Weltec Biopower as Project Director in the Western US.

He teaches renewable energy technology for the Beuth Hochschule fur Technik’s MBA program, as well as their Masters degree in Energy and Resource Efficiency. Craig has also taught masters students at the University of Oldenburg (PPRE Program) in the renewable energy laboratory.

In a previous life, he has worked with Electric Vehicles, and with the design and manufacturing of sunglasses. He also lived in China for some time, during which he represented a Spanish company in a Chinese PV panel factory.

EDUCATION

Craig holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy Technologies from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, with a specialization in hybrid systems. His master’s thesis was to evaluate the feasibility of a wind-pump-hydro storage system on the island of Gran Canaria. Originally from the US, Craig obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Energy Management and Energy Efficiency

Mr. Carsten Ernst 

CURRENT POSITION

Since Mai 2019, Carsten Ernst is self-employed and freelancer; his focus areas are sustainability (SDGs) & climate management and he develops climate/ CO2-strategies for small, medium and large companies; he manages several energy-efficiency networks on a national level and strategically consults companies supporting and maintaining energy management systems – with a focus on adequate monitoring and benchmarking.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

From 1994 to 1998 he was Project Engineer and Partner for Syrius GmbH and Wega GmbH in Berlin; He developed mechanical services (heating, ventilation, incl. CHP) for mainly large domestic buildings.

From 1998 to 2004 he was Senior Consultant and Associate at BDSP Partnership in London; He worked as Design Team Coordinator and developed mechanical and environmental services for international building design projects (e.g. New National Assembly of Wales, Cardiff).

From 2004 to 2005 he was Project Manager for Mechanical & Environmental Services at Arup GmbH in Berlin; he developed building and environmental services for large scale developments (e.g. new development European Central Bank, Frankfurt).

From 2005 to 2007 he was also a Lecturer at the Technical College of Potsdam (FHP) for Building/ Environmental Services.

He worked as Principal Consultant, Partner and Head of Quality Assurance for ÖKOTEC Energiemanagement GmbH in Berlin between 2005 and 2019. His key areas were energy efficiency and energy management, research, conceptual energy design and low energy design for commercial/ industrial buildings, heating, ventilation, cooling energy, compressed air, combined heat and power. In the last years he supervised several national and international projects in the field of energy efficiency.

EDUCATION

Carsten Ernst holds a degree as Mechanical Engineer from the RWTH Aachen, Germany.